Friday, 2 March 2012
Guzan Ponders New Villa Contract
Alex McLeish has confirmed that keeper Brad Guzan is pondering the offer of a new contract to stay at Aston Villa beyond this season. The Villa chief is looking to keep the 27-year-old American shot-stopper, who has been at the club for the past four years, at Villa Park when his current contract expires in the summer. And, while a deal for Guzan is now on the table, McLeish is well aware that the player might feel his future lies elsewhere given that he has been restricted to just eight first team appearances for Villa due to being behind Brad Friedel and then his replacement Shay Given in the pecking order. McLeish, who was impressed by Guzan's performances over the turn of the year when he stepped in to deputise for the injured Given, insists he will give him plenty of time to make a decision. He told Skysports: "We will give Brad time. It depends on how long though. We have certainly made the offer and we respect that Brad needs time to mull it over. "I understand the dilemma he is facing, yes, but at the same time it is not like he is second in command to Joe Hart who is only 24. "Shay is 35 now and, when Brad has come in, he has proved himself to be a Premier League keeper. Now we know he is Premier League class. "Brad probably realises that if Shay has a niggle or a problem, or we are going to do anything in the cup competitions, we are going to put him in."